New club proposal opposed in Sheffield

SHEFFIELD Cathedral has joined a protest against a proposed lap dancing venue in West Street in the city centre.

An objection has been lodged in response to an application to convert The Steelhouse bar and club at the corner of Holly Street, at back of Sheffield City Hall, into premises called Wildcats.

Already more than 60 residents of nearby apartments are urging the council to reject the scheme, saying they do not want it on their doorstep.

The authority is being told by representatives of Leeds-based Harjen Ltd that it would not be a private members’ club or a traditional nightclub with dance floors and loud music, but a bar with a stage for dancing girls doing a striptease show.

There would also be private booths form individual customers. Access would be restricted to people aged over 21.

The Cathedral’s protests comes from The Rev Canon Dr Joanne Grenfell, who is Dean of Women’s Ministry.

She says “strip clubs undermine women in society by presenting them, in an unequal way, as objects for sexual gratification”, and they “do not promote healthy committed relationships for men or women and indeed promote casual encounters”.

Already there are similar venues in Sheffield “and it is impossible to se why more should be needed.

Such a place might deter investment in other entertainment venues in West Street, “which would be detrimental to both the economy and to the community’s overall enjoyment of that area”.

One nearby resident is telling the council: “As a working woman, I will not feel comfortable, confident, secure and safe sharing my residential surroundings with a venue like this.”

Note, this is a planning application for change of use, not an SEV license application – see planning application 12/03972/FUL

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